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Cubs back to drawing board for expansion plans

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08:26 AM ET 12.28 | The friendly confines may be looking at a retooled upgrade. We hear the Cubs are quietly working to amend their proposal to renovate Wrigley Field. In simple terms, the team would match its previous tax payments to the city -- $16 million in 2009 -- while keeping any tax revenue above the base for park renovations and perhaps construction of the long-planned triangle building. Once the team has what it plans built, the Cubs argue the additional business will increase taxes collected. "The plan they came up with for this renovation was a non-starter," governor Pat Quinn said Monday on Chicago Tribune Live on Comcast SportsNet. "It didn't have public support. They have to go back to the drawing boards."

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December 28, 2010  09:32 AM ET

Elwood: They don't have my address. I falsified my renewal. I put down 1060 West Addison.

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December 28, 2010  09:50 AM ET

Talk about bang for your buck...... The Cubs, now there is a team that is successful.





At selling beer.

December 28, 2010  10:09 AM ET

Bulldoze the dump.

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December 28, 2010  10:44 AM ET

the Cubs argue the additional business will increase taxes collected.

reaganonmics!

December 28, 2010  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Bulldoze the dump.

Hmmmmm, I suppose they could copy the Rangers Ballpark, start on the outside with a prison, change your mind, stick a ball diamond in the center and finish construction with bill boards and office buildings?

December 28, 2010  10:52 AM ET

hopefully any renovation includes repairing the exterior brick facade which is being held together with wire meshing.... also low hanging pipes in the stairways are a pain for anyone over 6 foot

December 28, 2010  10:55 AM ET
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the Cubs argue the additional business will increase taxes collected.reaganonmics!

This is along the same lines as team officials for the new Yankee stadium estimating their tax breaks using zip codes in manhattan rather than the bronx for land valuation. The significantly higher values in manhattan generated bigger tax breaks despite the fact the stadium is physically located in the south bronx. Team wins, city loses.

December 28, 2010  11:19 AM ET

The Cubbies have been raking in the dough for years and pissing it away on the likes of Soriano, Zambrano and Bradley. Now that they have decided to cut payroll substantially, they should have plenty of money to spend on these projects. There is no way the Cubbies would move elsewhere so no need for government to help fund those projects. Ricketts family, you're on your own.

December 28, 2010  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

This is along the same lines as team officials for the new Yankee stadium estimating their tax breaks using zip codes in manhattan rather than the bronx for land valuation. The significantly higher values in manhattan generated bigger tax breaks despite the fact the stadium is physically located in the south bronx. Team wins, city loses.

excepting that the team paid for that stadium and the city owns it...so the team does not pay property tax on the stadium.

December 28, 2010  11:41 AM ET

I would pay to see them put the wrecking ball to that piss hole.

December 28, 2010  11:43 AM ET
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I would pay to see them put the wrecking ball to that piss hole.

Might only take one swing.

December 28, 2010  12:01 PM ET
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Hmmmmm, I suppose they could copy the Rangers Ballpark, start on the outside with a prison, change your mind, stick a ball diamond in the center and finish construction with bill boards and office buildings?

Never said the Ballpark lacked a bit of pizazz...

But that dive on West Addison is so over rated it's silly.

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December 28, 2010  12:28 PM ET
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Never said the Ballpark lacked a bit of pizazz... But that dive on West Addison is so over rated it's silly.

Its cool. But I still love that dive.

December 28, 2010  01:05 PM ET

Tear it down!

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December 28, 2010  03:00 PM ET

Lol, As if this would ever help them win
Once a bottom feeder always a bottom feeder

 
December 28, 2010  03:47 PM ET

The Cubs management is more concerned about Wrigley upgrades rather than trying to figure out how to make this team better.

It's all about priorities fellas....

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